Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) are lay people who come from all walks of life; they are licensed by their bishop to a teaching and preaching ministry, both within church and outside its traditional boundaries. Called by God and trained in theology, they bring their life experience, skills and knowledge to their Christian service. LLMs often have a role in equipping other Christians to grow as disciples in their places of daily living.
They work together with ordained and lay colleagues, usually serving within a ministry team.
In addition to preaching and leading worship LLMs may:
- Serve as chaplains in places like prisons, schools and hospitals
- Lead study groups in a variety of contexts, e.g. Bible study, Lent courses, confirmation and discipleship courses.
- Work with children and young people
- Exercise a caring ministry in their communities, including workplace.
- Conduct funerals
LLMs also find many informal ways of ministering by their presence, witness and listening at their places of work, at home, among neighbours and in their local communities.
Could it be you?
Trainee LLMs come in all shapes and sizes: can you say ‘yes’ to some of the following?
- You feel God’s call to ministry of some kind
- Your gifts have been recognised and affirmed by others in your church or community
- You seek to connect what you know of God’s word with what is happening in society
- You are open to new challenges and willing to step beyond the familiar in following Jesus
- You are willing to work as part of a team
Remember that following God’s call is a process; it may take a while for the way to become clear.